Thanks, guys, and no offense taken. The officer did say that it was unsafe for me to do that, but I hardly had any choice. What I'm sort of hoping to accomplish is that maybe I could get a lower fine? At this point, I don't even know how much it is because I'm supposed to wait for a notification from the courthouse to arrive by mail.
I believe I may have found the answer to my question(s).
There are "walk-in" court sessions during the workweek in which people can plead their case to the judge (as I mentioned - dismiss the charge or lower the fine). My sister, who once got a traffic ticket, was able to do this one time and got off the hook! Lucky for her.
I don't mind going to traffic school, but in any case, this is going to be expensive (bail + admin fees + traffic school cost).